Connor Goldson lifts lid on the Celtic insider knowledge that went through Rangers team bus
Connor Goldson has admitted he was aware of the leaked Celtic teamsheet prior to Saturday’s match but insists it didn’t impact their gameplan, speaking to radio station talkSPORT today.
As we know, manager Neil Lennon as left absolutely fuming with the team leak, commenting on the issue before and after the derby defeat.
Labelling it ‘disgusting’, his stance on the insider knowledge actually dominated some of the headlines the following day.
Goldson though, reckons that no-one at Rangers actually believed the information to be real.
As quoted by talkSPORT, the defender said: “We went into the game, even in our pre-match meeting, we thought [Christopher] Jullien would play, we thought [Odsonne] Edouard would play.
“I think a few of us saw that team but we didn’t really believe it. In an Old Firm you can never trust anything. One day someone’s injured and the next day they are playing. We actually went into the game thinking Jullien and Edouard would play.
“Truthfully, I got on the coach and I got a message from one of my best mates who plays down south for Doncaster who said [Stephen] Welsh was playing and Edouard wasn’t playing. I messaged him back saying, ‘good one – we’ll see when we get there’.
“When we got there the team was true!”
If we take Goldson at his word, then his comments actually give credence to the fact that Lennon’s perception of this being a massive problem for the club is a bit over the top.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an ideal situation, but should it have been one of the big talking points coming out of this weekend? Not for me.
Clearly, Rangers didn’t use the leak to alter their gameplan in any way. Actually, the way they shaped up and played was remarkably similar to the derbies that we struggled in last season.
The manager might need to look closer to home when finding things to be frustrated about.
Hopefully, he can find solutions over the next crucial few weeks.